“Your voice against the hum of the ocean brings me the contours of your face, the muscle and tendon of our unity.” –Monika Andersson
The story of Bacchus and Philemon has provided the backbone for the visual investigation of my relationship with my boyfriend. The tale describes two lovers who longed to be together for eternity. When their bodies departed from the world the gods granted them their wish, and transformed their destined souls into an intertwining tree. This continuous cycle of separating and reuniting demonstrates an immeasurable amount of love that two fated figures are able to have for one another. Similarly, the endless love I feel in my relationship is counterbalanced by inescapable longing we experience when we’re apart. I exemplified this notion of eternity by pairing images of our bodies with natural objects. My intimate exploration of human and natural forms and textures reinforced this idea of an inconsistent unity. A seedpod may split into two parts, but each half cultivates a new life. The metaphor embedded in these images exemplifies the deeply embedded love I feel for my partner, and evokes the unwavering strength I harness from both our unity and our separation.